Last updated: 02/01/2020, added preliminary information


zig-a-zig-ah! preview

zig-a-zig-ah! (zzh, for short) is little USB-stick form factor dev board for multiprotocol RF tinkering.

It features:

  • TI CC2652R SimpleLink™ multi-standard wireless MCU, a multiprotocol 2.4 GHz wireless microcontroller targeting Thread, Zigbee®, Bluetooth® 5 Low Energy, IEEE 802.15.4g, IPv6-enabled smart objects (6LoWPAN) and proprietary systems.
  • CC2652P also an option, has built-in PA (but no LNA?).
  • Communicates with the host computer via CP2102N/CP2104 USB-UART bridge.
  • Self-programming via the TI CC-series serial bootstrap loader (as long as it is not disabled in code!), pushbutton on the default BSL pin to put the device into bootloader mode.
  • Cortex-M Debug Connector for SWD, in case you disable BSL by accident.
  • SMA antenna port for an external antenna of your choice. Secondary uFL port for measurements or an alternative antenna.

Think of it as an upgrade to the ubiquitous CC2531 USB Sticks commonly used for Zigbee tinkering. CC2652R has a much beefier processor, more memory and a sane free compiler option that should enable easier development compared to the old CC2531 based option.

Name credit goes to @9600, this had a much boring name before he suggested zig-a-zig-ah! :)

Current status


zig-a-zig-ah! fit test

Revision A, Draft 3 design files in the repository and a small batch of prototype PCBs ordered!

Follow the development progress on this Twitter thread.

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Assembled versions of zig-a-zig-ah! will be made available on Tindie when it is ready.

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  • coming soon


zig-a-zig-ah! is designed by Electrolama / Omer Kilic and licensed under the Solderpad Hardware License 2.0.


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